Loan Periods & Fines

Check-out Periods

  • Internet Hotspots: 7 days
  • Chrome Laptops: 7 days
  • Parks Passes: 21 days
  • Most library materials: 21 days


Most Library items will be automatically renewed 2 days before the due date as long as no holds have been placed on them by other library customers. Items may be renewed a maximum of 5 times.

  • Renew by phone: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, toll-free number 800-354-9660
  • Renew online


  • Library materials may be returned in the library or through our 24-hour exterior book drops:
    • 11th Street building exterior: all materials
    • Drive-through: all materials except ZIP Books
      Please do not place donated materials in the drop boxes. Find donation information here.
  • Materials (except ZIP books) may be returned to any Black Gold library branch
  • Paso Robles ZIP Books must be returned to the Paso Robles City Library
  • Borrowing privileges are suspended for accounts owing more than $10 in fines/fees


  • Missing barcodes or identification tags: $1
  • Library card replacement: $1
  • Photocopies/computer printouts: $0.20 per page
  • Lost and damaged items: see below

Replacing Lost or Damaged Items

When an item is lost or damaged beyond repair, borrowers have two options:

  • Replace the item with an exact copy (same ISBN number, same edition, hardback for hardback, etc.) in new condition (no highlighting, tearing, library markings, loose bindings etc.). A $10 processing fee will be added.
  • Pay the standard replacement fee (see schedule below).

Replacement Fine Schedule

The fine schedule for items lost or damaged beyond repair is adopted by the City Council and updated annually. Current fines are:

Replacement Material Fine per Item
Adult Non-Fiction Book                $43
Adult Fiction Book $37
Juvenile Non-Fiction Book $29
Juvenile Fiction Book $29
Paperback $15
Periodical $9
Pamphlet $5
Book on CD (per set) $75
Children's Book on CD (per set) $50
Children's Book & CD Set $25
DVD $21
DVD Sets (3+ Discs) $50
Hotspot $100
Launchpad $150
Book Club Kit $180
Laptop $800
Hotspot or Launchpad cable, charger, case, SIM card (per item) $10
Processing fee for item lost or damaged beyond repair $10
Repair Material                                                                            Fine per Item
Adult Book (fiction & non-fiction) $5
Juvenile Book (fiction & non-fiction) $5
Periodical $5
Book on CD $5
Children's Book & CD Set $5
DVD  $5